Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle express doubt on Saudi Arabia's Khashoggi story

Mail Online | 10/21/2018 | Emily Goodin, U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com
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There's a growing chorus from a bipartisan group of lawmakers for Saudi Arabia - and possibly Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman - to face harsh consequences for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker, the chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the U.S. should punish the crown prince if an investigation shows he was behind Khashoggi's death.

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'Obviously, if he's gone forth and murdered this journalist, he's now crossed the line, and there has to be a punishment and a price paid for that,' Corker said Sunday on CNN's 'State of the Union.'

Saudi Arabia has denied the crown prince had any previous knowledge of an operation against the dissident journalist but intelligence officials express doubt how the authoritarian ruler could not have known.

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Corker said he personally thinks MSB - the crown prince is known by his initials - is guilty of ordering Khashoggi's death.

'Do I think he did it? Yeah. I think he did it,' he said.

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Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been at odds over what happened to Khashoggi since he entered the Saudi consulate on Oct. 2 and was never seen again. Turkish officials claim a 15-man hit squad tortured and killed the journalist, bringing in a forensic expert to dismember him.

Saudi officials originally said Khashoggi left the consulate but dramatically changed their story on Saturday, claiming he was killed in a fist fight in the consulate.

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Officials said an investigation is ongoing.

But Corker said their changing story meant that Saudi Arabia had 'lost all credibility as it relates to explaining what has happened.'

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He added that 'it's just not a credible story for somebody to walk in with 15 other people and get into a fistfight and lose their life.'

His words were echoed by fellow Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

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